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Creative Nonfiction

About Creative Nonfiction: Creative Nonfiction is the first and the largest journal devoted exclusively to literary nonfiction.

Contact Information:

5501 Walnut St., Suite 202

Pittsburgh, PA  15232

Phone: (412) 688-0304

Email: information[at]creativenonfiction[dot]org


Submission/Subscription Information:

Simultaneous submissions: yes Email submissions: no Online submissions:  yes Reading period: year-round Response time: 5 months Payment: yes (see website) Contests: yes (see website) ISSN: 1070-0714 Founded: 1993 Issues per year: 4 Distributors: Ingram, Media Solutions, SpeedImpex Australia, Ubiquity Average pages: 80 Sample copy (postpaid): $12.50 Cover Price: $10 Subscription (Ind): $32 [print]; $25 [digital] Subscription (Inst): $40

Publisher’s Description: Creative Nonfiction is the voice of the genre. Every issue is packed with new, long-form essays that blend style with substance; writing that pushes the traditional boundaries of the genre; notes on craft; conversations with writers and editors; insights and commentary from CNF editor Lee Gutkind; and more. Occasional themed issues demonstrate the editors' belief that true stories, well told, can make any topic compelling and relevant. Simply put, CNF strives to demonstrate the depth and versatility of the genre it helped define.

Recent issues have included interviews with or essays by Lauren Slater, Phillip Lopate, Susan Cheever, Dave Eggers, Richard Rodriguez, Ruth Reichl, John T. Edge and David Shields.

"Simply great essays by talented writers" —Library Journal

Recent issues:

Our 50th issue is a big deal—and that’s not just hype. CNF #50 spans two seasons (Fall and Winter!) and is nearly double the length of a normal issue of Creative Nonfiction. To celebrate almost 20 years of literary publishing, we’ve created the ultimate reading experience. This issue serves as an in-depth primer and a kickass introduction for anyone new to the magazine (or the genre), while providing longtime readers with new insight and never-before-told stories about the origins of Creative Nonfiction—and a peek into the future—from founding editor Lee Gutkind.

Creative Nonfiction #49/Survival Stories is devoted to hair-raising stories of near misses. Writers reflect on narrow escapes—from a plane crash, youthful recklessness, and a train barreling down on the station. The rest of the issue is a writer’s survival guide, with notes on making dialogue work, a love letter to literary letters, Roxane Gay on the dangers of publishing online, and a visual guide to the personal essay. Plus, we’re stalking Philip Roth.

Issue #48, Southern Sin: Deception in the Delta. Excess in the Big Easy. Shacking up in South Carolina. ...Join CNF as we sin our way through the South with nine wickedly good new stories. Plus: Writing isn't therapy, but can it be therapeutic? Three writers explore the intersection of literature and healing. Also in this issue: Tiny truths, a nonfiction sestina, and some stories we regret not being able to publish.


last updated 1/22/2014